Top-roping and bouldering is fun, but to take your climbing to the next level, you’ll need to learn to lead climb. We recommend learning this in the gym, using a TRUBLUE Auto Belay. Remember, lead climbing is a skill and takes practice so be patient learning each step, and most importantly, have fun. Here it is: learn to lead climb in 4 easy steps.
Four Steps to Learn to Lead Climb
1. Learn how to clip:
Practice this while on the ground before taking it up on the wall. Two options:
- 1) Snap Clip: Pinch the rope between your thumb and pointer finger. Control the quickdraw with your middle finger and use your thumb and pointer finger to push the rope through the gate.
- 2) Pinch Clip: Drape the rope over your pointer finger. Control the quickdraw by pinching it between your thumb and middle finger and push the rope through the gate with your pointer finger.
2. Practice clipping with a TRUBLUE:
One of the easiest and safest ways to learn to lead climb is while clipped into an auto belay. The TRUBLUE acts as your belayer while you practice and get more comfortable with lead climbing. Get up on a wall and practice clipping using both the snap and pinch clips.
3. Practice falling:
Falling is scary, and potentially dangerous, so you’ll want to find an experienced belayer and practice taking falls. Start small on easy routes and work your way up to larger distances on harder climbs.
4. Continue to practice clipping, climbing, and falling until you feel comfortable.
Lead climbing is super fun and adventurous, but it’s important to be prepared. Keep practicing and be safe out there.
Still confused about lead climbing? Watch the video of Boulder Rock Club’s Chris Wall demonstrating these steps.